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Saturday belongs to Espargaró

Saturday belongs to Espargaró

The Tuenti Racing rider sets a best time that is faster than that of rival Marc Márquez and team-mate Efrén Vázquez on the first day of the Jerez Test.

The opening day of the final Official pre-season Test produced a good battle for the best lap time amongst the 125cc riders, a contest that was eventually won by Pol Espargaró as he beat fellow Spaniard Marc Márquez, who had dominated the morning session.

Espargaró laid down a marker of 1’47.009, improving on his time from the mixed morning session with the Moto2 riders by 1.2s. His best time of the day placed him just under four-tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider Márquez in the 125cc standings for Saturday.

“I’ve gone well, especially in the afternoon when we tested a rear tyre which has produced the best results,” said Espargaró, who rode his Derbi machine in new colours of blue. “The track has been in a good condition and tomorrow we’ll continue working with the same settings. We hope the weather will give us another day like this one.”

Hot on the heels of the top two was Espargaró’s team mate Efrén Vázquez, who was the third and final rider to make it under the 1’48” barrier with a time of 1’47.435. His fastest time was also set in the afternoon session, an indication that the Derbi – now in blue – had found a better set-up from the one used earlier in the day.

The Bancaja Aspar duo of Bradley Smith and Nico Terol completed the top five, although at a gap of over a second to the top time.

Young Brit Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol), Sandro Cortese (Avant Intact Ajo Motorsport), Randy Krummenacher (STIPA-Molenaar Racing GP), Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino) and Esteve Rabat (Blusens BQR) completed the top ten for the first day.

The only falls of the afternoon session were for Interwetten Honda 125 rider Marcel Schrötter and Rabat.

You can see the 125cc results from day one by clicking here.

125cc, 2010

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